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'Frozen' Review: 10 Things to Know About Disney's New Animated Fairy Tale

26 November 2013 2:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's taken the Walt Disney Company more than 70 years to bring Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" to the big screen. Originally conceived by Walt himself in the studio's post-war period, it was eventually attempted (and canceled) at least a half-dozen times in the decades that followed, taking a number of different permutations (including, briefly, a Disneyland attraction and a potential Pixar film).

But now it's here. And it was worth the wait.

The story of Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel), two characters from a vaguely Scandinavian storybook kingdom who find themselves locked into an eternal winter after Elsa unwittingly unleashes her frosty powers (in glorious 3D, no less).

Of course, the question is: Does "Frozen" recapture the classic Disney magic, or is doomed to go the way of "Home on the Range" or "Atlantis: The Lost Empire?" Read on to find out!

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- Drew Taylor

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Fantastic Fest 2013, Day Two Report: Ninjas and Disney and vampires, oh my

20 September 2013 9:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The day began as all days should probably begin: with a sold-out crowd taking shots of Jack Daniels to ward off the cat flu. The day ended as all days should close: with an exceptionally lively and entertaining martial-arts film made by a group of passionate people who know how to kick ass. Yes, Day Two of Fantastic Fest 2013 was a predictably unpredictable and wild ride. It is, perhaps, fitting that spending the entire day–by which I mean 13-plus hours–at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline reminded me very much of the vacations I’ve spent with my wife at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts. No, there were no costumed characters, no meet-and-greets with beloved cult movie figures, or literal attractions. But Day Two was one of those days where I realized how much I had done over the course of just one day. It’s hard to »

- Josh Spiegel

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'Escape From Tomorrow' Trailer: Disney World is a Real Scary Trip

11 September 2013 8:02 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

If you've not yet read the story of how noob writer-director Randy Moore pulled a giant one over on the House of Mouse itself by sneakily filming his horror movie "Escape From Tomorrow" within the very unpermissive walls of Walt Disney World and Disneyland, well, it's a doozy alright (and a real wonder that he's not still neck deep in litigation over it, too).

In a nutshell, Moore used his own experience of living, in his words, "a very artificial childhood, brought on by our cultural obsession with these fake, manufactured worlds of so-called fantasy" with his father in Orlando, Fla. — a.k.a. the global hub of all-things-theme park — to create the story of a dad who starts to go a lot berserk at the Magic Kingdom during a family vacay. This first trailer for the film certainly seems to give an adequate preview of the level of mental »

- Amanda Bell

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The Perfect American: Waking the dark side of Walt Disney

31 May 2013 4:02 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It may not be true that Walt Disney wanted to be cryogenically frozen, but Philip Glass's new opera about the last months of his life explores the man behind the myth. Nicholas Wroe meets its director, Phelim McDermott

It was remarkably soon after Walt Disney's death in 1966 that the urban myth emerged of his body being cryogenically frozen in the hope that one day, pending advances in medical science, he might be brought back to life. "Of course it was absolute nonsense," says Phelim McDermott, director of Philip Glass's new opera about Disney, The Perfect American, which opens at the English National Opera . "But for some reason, this was a myth that people wanted to believe. One of our singers grew up in Florida and says, when he was a kid, everyone just knew that Disney was underneath the Epcot Centre. And after a while, these myths can »

- Nicholas Wroe

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